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Amstel Corner 4.0

Canal Ring, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

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Pros

  • Playful and contemporary Dutch design in historical building 
  • Located in a quiet nook of central Amsterdam 
  • Walking distance to cafes, restaurants, sights, and public transit 
  • Stylish apartment-style units with Amstel River or garden views 
  • In-room Netflix, AppleTV, and high-end bluetooth audio 
  • Kitchenettes include microwaves, refrigerators, Nespresso machines, and kettles
  • Cabinets stocked with dishes, cookware, and free tea/coffee 
  • Bathrooms have walk-in rainfall showers and high-end Rituals products 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Most major sights aren't within a reasonable walk 
  • No common areas or on-site facilities 
  • Not all guest rooms have bathtubs or balconies 
  • No elevator and steep stairs; not ideal for some travelers

Bottom Line

This aparthotel offers travelers stylish digs in a quiet location, still within the canal ring but comfortably distant from the never-ending party of Amsterdam's medieval core and red light district. The four-pearl Amstel Corner has only four guest rooms and suites done in playful, contemporary Dutch design that charms, along with. All come with kitchenettes that contain microwaves, fridges, Nespresso machines, and electric kettles, plus units have flat-screen TVs with Netflix and Apple TV, and there's free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are equally well-equipped, with rainfall walk-in showers, high-end Rituals bath products, and some have heated towel racks. The biggest drawback here is the lack of on-site features, not uncommon for properties of this type. For similar ambiance and design with expanded space and facilities, check into the Mauro Mansion.

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Scene

 Playful Dutch design in a historical setting 

The classic facade of this slender, red-brick, 19th-century canal house gives way to playful, contemporary Dutch design just inside the front door, with strategic splashes of bright, cheerful colors on a monochromatic base. Hence the fuzzy red Elmo-skin carpeting crawling up the slender white staircase, reddened further by fez lampshades. The cheeky wink, combined with the reflective glass of the canal water flowing out front, inspires more than a few romantic blushes on the faces of the predominately young couples that check in, especially those headed to the honeymoon suite. Indeed, as the hotel has no common areas, the only route is to the bedroom.     

Location

Outside city center but walking distance to sights

The concentric rings that ripple out from the medieval core of Amsterdam flow into the mainland just across the Singelgracht canal. Where that joins the Amstel River is the Amstel Corner. The location offers a compromise that keeps the hotel within its romantic (and official) embrace of central Amsterdam, but also an arm’s distance from its headiest parts. While some sights are within walking distance, most major attractions are farther than 20 minutes on foot. Several trams and buses picks up passengers just 300 yards west of the hotel, and a metro station is only 500 yards to the east. Getting to Schiphol Airport takes about 30 minutes via public transit, slightly longer than a taxi.  

  • 10-minute walk to Heineken Experience
  • 10-minute walk to Hermitage Amsterdam
  • 14-minute walk to Rembrandtplein
  • 16-minute walk to Pathé Tuschinski
  • 18-minute walk to Rembrandt House
  • 20-minute walk to Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Diamond Museum
  • 12 minutes to Oude Kerk via public transit 
  • 13 minutes to Amsterdam Centraal via public transit
  • 14 minutes to Vondel Park via public transit
  • 16 minutes to Dam Square via public transit 
  • 24 minutes to Anne Frank House via public transit

Rooms

 Tech-savvy rooms with kitchenettes and flourishes of boutique design

Each of the four rooms and suites of Amstel Corner presents its own individual experience, done in a playful, contemporary style that pairs well the historical framework of the 19th-century canal house. Decor blends elements like midcentury modern dining chairs and tufted headboards with traditional touches such as antique wardrobes and floral-print wallpaper. The apart-style guest rooms are up to speed technologically, with flat-screen TVs, Apple TV and Netflix, Geneva bluetooth audio, safes, and super-fast Wi-Fi. All also have kitchenettes with microwaves, fridges, hotplates, Nespresso machines, and electric kettles, and cabinets filled with dishes and free coffee and tea. Bathrooms look more basic, but they're equipped with walk-in rainfall showers, hairdryers, high-end Rituals toiletries, and some have heated towel racks. "Duke" and "Honeymoon" suites expand bed size (queen and twins are standard) and add seating area, and the latter has balcony and full-size bathtub. Views are of the Amstel River, or the lovely gardens.

Features

No facilities outside of guest rooms 

There are no common areas at Amstel Corner other than the entrance foyer, or on-site facilities such as a restaurant. Free and fast Wi-Fi is provided. Travelers with limited mobility should be aware that there's no elevator and stairs are steep and narrow. 

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Sarphatikade 16, Amsterdam, North Holland Province 1017 WV, The Netherlands

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